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Lee Hendrie Being Forced Out?

Lee Hendrie Being Forced Out?

Certainly looks like Lee Hendrie is being forced out of Villa.

An article in the Express & Star by Martin Swain claims that Villa have ditched plans to give midfielder Hendrie a testimonial.

The 29-year-old midfielder is Villa's longest serving player having joined in 1994. He was due a testimonial this year, but as he now appears to be on the list for the Villa Park exodus this summer, Villa are no longer willing to offer him the reward for his services.

The paper quotes a Villa spokesman saying: 'We do not feel that it would be in the best interests of Lee or Aston Villa for a testimonial to go ahead at this stage.'

Sheffield United have been strongly linked, as well as Portsmouth, Southampton, West Bromwich Albion and Wolverhampton Wanderers.

I must admit I'd question just how popular a testimonial it would have been. Hendrie has always had a love hate relationship with the Villa faithful and has certainly had a mixed career on and off the pitch.

However if the reports suggesting he will be offloaded for as little as £500 000 are true, then you have to question the sanity of the manager and board. Who will we replace him with at that price? Surely, as we have such a tiny squad, we should hold on to experienced players UNLESS they can raise realistic and useful sums of money?

I'd not have been buying a ticket for the testimonial, who you? Let us know in the article comments below.


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Writer:J P Fear
Date:Monday June 5 2006
Time: 9:13AM

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Its all well and good saying that we should get more than 500k for him, but if he wants to leave, there's not much more we can expect to get from a player with a year left on his contract. We can force him to rot in the reserves in order to prove a point, but we'll end up getting nothing for him that way.
GaztonVilla
05/06/2006 09:15:00
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Isnt a testemonial in the contract? Surely he'll have to get some sort of compensation instead?
danvilla2
05/06/2006 09:20:00
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It wouldn't be in his contract danvilla, if it was they wouldn't be able to scrap it. Maybe Villa will come out and deny this report? Gazton, that is the trouble, he does want to play, he hasn't said anywhere that he WANTS to leave only that he will HAVE to as he isn't gettting a look in. I'm not his biggest fan by any stretch of the imagination but how can we afford to replace his experience if we only get £500k for him? It isn't about what he wants, he is contracted to Aston Villa.
The Fear
05/06/2006 09:28:00
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i dont think he will be a big loss hes had afew chances at the villa ,as for vthe testimonial how many douyou think would turn up.
south coast villain
05/06/2006 11:26:00
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i dont think he will be missed like that, he would do well at sheff united he that move goes through
green giant 12
05/06/2006 12:03:00
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think its a disgrace to treat hendrie like that.he may not have been everyones cup of tea but 10 years service is rare. Fair enough if its time for him to move but not to be forced out.Still think he would be willin to scrap for us nxt season and no less than 1 mill if he is sold.If he goes to another prem team he will score against us its just that simple.
sk1nner80
05/06/2006 12:15:00
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It's just another example of the way Villa treat loyal players. The situation with Paul Merson springs to mind, when the guy only wanted a one year extension to his contract and to end his career at VP. Personally, I would like to see Hendrie stay next season as I cannot see a better replacement being brought in for the money we're asking for him. He actually wants to stay and play for Villa, and you can guarantee he'll give 100%, which is something that was sadly lacking from certain other squad members last season
DougInABox
05/06/2006 13:23:00
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A couple of reports on the clubcall type sites (where you end up ringing for gossip that will never happen!) saying Lee will snub Sheff Utd and stay at Villa. With a testimonial cancelled and little or no chance of first team football? I think not.
The Fear
05/06/2006 15:17:00
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No loss at all.. as for a testimonial do me a favour!!
buck
05/06/2006 15:39:00
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The club seem to be doing everything that they possibly can to make him want to hit the exit door with the absolute minimum of delay. I had read that this agreement for a testimonial game was indeed in writing, so I'm not quite sure how the club can back-track out of it. Mind you, when Ellis and Stride are involved, every possible legal loophole will have been thoroughly investigated.
glensider
05/06/2006 20:11:00
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